As soon as I heard about Assemble Fest I knew it was something I had to be a part of in some way. Newland Avenue? Theatre? Free tea and coffee? Three of my favourite things rolled into one sunny (fingers crossed) May day. Passionate about Hull’s cultural future and the idea that Newland Avenue’s independent and vibrant character could play host to innovative and imaginative theatre, I got in contact with the Assemble Fest team and asked to be involved.
Over the past two months I’ve been assisting Madeleine with the organising of the Hub Space at Hull Community Church, a lovely, modern, open space which we will be taking over with workshops and talks on the day itself. We’ve been making lots of lists, sending lots of emails, overusing the word ‘Hub’ and eating the occasional slice of cake. I’ve mainly focused on organising the workshops and, thanks to the wonderfully talented members of the university’s drama department, I was able to recruit some creative companions who will be running workshops from 10am until 12pm. These passionate, artistic and magnificent individuals have been working hard on producing top-notch material for the twenty five minute long workshops. With (deep breath) burlesque, reviewing, acting, lighting, costume, spoken word, scriptwriting and clowning workshops there’s plenty on offer for any budding thespians, costume makers, critics and clowns or anyone who just fancies trying something new. And better still, not only is the tea and coffee free, but the workshops are too!
As well as the workshops, we’ve also been organising talks for the afternoon. With mentors and industry professionals in attendance, there is an opportunity at 1pm to have your say on the arts in this vibrant city and discuss what the next twelve months have in store. After this, there is a chance to have a cuppa and a chat with these industry professionals and ask them all of the questions you ever wanted to know about their line of work, or just ask them how their day has been. Alongside all of this, theatre companies from around Hull will be exhibiting their work in the Hub Space café all day.
Our aim is to make the Hub a welcoming, relaxed space which audiences, performers and practitioners alike can pop in and out of throughout the day. So if you have a spare five minutes, a spare hour or a spare Saturday, feel free to come on down; grab a cuppa, try out a taster workshop, have a natter and discover what a cultural hub Hull is.
Author: Beth Robertson, Assistant Venue Manager